USAID supports Timor-Leste to develop tourism sector

1 February 2018

USAID will support the development of tourism in Timor-Leste (East Timor) under a project called “Turizmu ba Ema Hotu” or “Tourism for All,” to be implemented by Chemonics International and its partners Solimar International and Planet Partnerships, the US development aid agency said in a statement.

The statement said that the three-year project will enhance public and private cooperation to promote Timor-Leste as a destination outside the conventional routes for adventure and ecological tourism and is expected to stimulate community activities and investments worth about US$25 million, creating about 1,000 jobs and helping to improve the income of the communities covered by around 15%.

This project will complement the Timor-Leste government’s national tourism policy, which aims to attract 200,000 tourists a year by 2030 and add 15,000 jobs in the sector while providing tourist revenue estimated at US$150 million.

Adopted in March 2017, Timor-Leste’s national tourism policy calls for “gradual and sustainable development” to protect the environment, increase tourist visits and improve economic opportunities at both a national and community level.

“This support will help the East Timorese government achieve one of the key development goals as it seeks to diversify its oil-based economy,” said Diana Putman, USAID’s mission director in Timor-Leste.

Putman said she intends to “start collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector to make Timor-Leste a tourist destination for those seeking adventure, culture and natural beauty while preserving the country’s unique environmental and cultural heritage.” (macauhub)